Ulster County officials field COVID-19 questions during telephone town hall session

Ulster County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith and County Executive Patrick Ryan discuss the latest developments in COVID19

KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan and Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith spoke to county residents on Sunday afternoon during a telephone town hall session.

While they fielded questions from about a dozen callers, Ryan said some 10,000 were on the line for the hour-long call-in session.

Among the issues was the need for more testing and Ryan said he is pushing for a mobile outlet.

“New York State did establish the first mobile site down in New Rochelle, which has been hit by a much higher degree of the virus at this point,” he said. “We are pushing and will continue to push at the state level to have one of those established, if not in Ulster County, definitely in our region to up our capacity, but recognize that we have the city and others. But we will continue to fight to get that here in the county for our residents.”

Other questions centered on if UCAT will continue to operate. Ryan said it would, but on a modified schedule.

Social distancing was brought up with Dr. Smith saying six feet between people is a good distance to avoid being contaminated and she said the average incubation time is 14 days.

With that in mind, Ryan urged residents to check in by phone with senior citizens in the community to ensure their wellbeing.\

Positive virus county as of Sunday:

  • Albany County: 8 (3 new)
  • Broome County: 1
  • Delaware County: 1
  • Dutchess County: 7 (3 new)
  • Erie County: 3
  • Greene County: 2 (2 new)
  • Herkimer County: 1
  • Monroe County: 2
  • Montgomery County: 1 (1 new)
  • Nassau County: 98 (5 new)
  • New York City: 329 (29 new)
  • Orange County: 7
  • Putnam County: 2 (2 new)
  • Rockland County: 13
  • Saratoga County: 3
  • Schenectady County: 2
  • Suffolk County: 47 (6 new)
  • Tioga County: 1
  • Tompkins County: 1
  • Ulster County: 5
  • Westchester County: 196 (18 new)

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